1. Stimulating Writing through Project-BasedTasksby Tessema, K.Participants: Vsquez,D. Alexander Salazar, Alexander DECEMBER, 2007 UNIVERSIDAD PEDAGGICA EXPERIMENTAL LIBERTADOR INSTITUTO PEDAGGICO DE CARACAS SUBDIRECCIN DE INVESTIGACIN Y POSTGRADO SUBPROGRAMA DE ENSEANZA DEL INGLS COMO LENGUA EXTRANJERA 2. Writing well is extremely difficult even for a native speaker since ideas must be clearlypresented and organized (Nunan, 1999).In this article the author proposes a stimulating writing project work in order to help foreign language students to develop the skill of writing. The project is based on an Ethiopian experience. Introduction 3.
Principles of Project Work
Tasks organized around personally important
Students conducting authentic investigations for
Multidiciplinary investigations to analyze
Pieces of writings as artifacts for problem
Collaborative writing as a way to promote
Basic Writing Processes
Freewriting (or fastwriting)
Peer editing-Peer evaluation
A final draft
Three Steps to develop a
Describing a problem
Identifying the causesof the problem
Proposing a solution to the problem
Note:Students develop a draft for each of the
steps in order to be given a feedback by
Outcome of the writing project
High Level of motivation because of a real audience (readers) and
Bigger opportunities for collaboration and interaction with others
Application of this knowledge to future projects
Topics relate with realistic problems in ELT.
Emphasys is made on the development of writing as a real way to problem solutions
There is gradual improvement in students writings passing from collaborative work through independent work.
The project is mainly oriented to Advanced Learners.
The project requires a highlevel of teacher intervention.
Peer correction is not adequate at all times because students lack of skills in essay correction.
Conclusion 8. References Tessema, K. (2005) Stimulating Writing through Project-Based Tasks.InForum English Teaching, 43 , (4), 22-27. Arends, R. (1998 ). Learning to teach . Boston: Mc Graw Hill.Nunan, D. (1999)Second Language Teaching and Learning . Boston: Heinle and Heinle.